After receiving flak from citizen groups, experts and civic corporators over the lack of inclusion of the earlier-approved Development Plans (DP) and fearing the same outcome this time, the civic body has planned to draft four charts, each of which will be a five-year priority plan till 2034. The BMC feels that this will ensure maximum utilisation and implementation of the DP-2034.
This decision was taken after the civic body realised that only 33 per cent of the previous DP-1991 and 18 per cent of DP-1967 was implemented.
The execution of the DP as per the five-yearly chart will mean more social and public amenities for citizens as opposed to what the city received last time (DP 1991) at regular intervals. This is the civic body’s attempt to get the ward-level amenity deficit reduced.
“Whichever ward has a deficit of public amenities will be looked at first and a plan will be charted to get the amenities ratio fixed. We will give priority to solid waste management facilities as a majority of them will be carried out on BMC plots. These facilities are a mandatory service for citizens,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.
The special officer on duty appointed for the DP revision process, Ramanath Jha and his team of urban planners are involved in drafting the five-year plans. The team of DP officials and urban planners will prioritise the reservations that need to be acquired, especially those that can beacquired through the Accommodation Reservations Policy (ARP) in the modified Development Control Regulations (DCR). The team will look at the using the provisions in theDCR and DP 2034.
“We will chart around 1,000 items from the DP that need to be achieved and divide them into four lists. The charts will have a five-year plan - items to be achieved immediately like the ones belonging to the BMC itself. We will focus on acquiring the items where the Accommodation Reservations Policy can play a major role,” said another official who did not wish to be identified.
The BMC is likely to take about six months to prepare these charts. Work will start soon, said officials.
Civic officials said that while the DP revision process came to an end last month and it has been released to the public domain for suggestions and objections, there is no rush to complete the four charts, which can be presented to the civic chief after the draft DP-2034 is planned and studied.